Illnesses

Breast Cancer

"As discussed in the Cancer protocols, most physicians practicing complementary medicine believe the net effect of radiation and chemotherapy weakens the very system that protects us from cancer in the first place - the immune system.  This leaves the cancer patient more vulnerable to the development of metastatic lesions in critical organs of the body.  Despite this, studies demonstrate that radiation and chemotherapy can improve survival in certain breast cancer patients when appropriately used.  The Life Extension Foundation cannot overemphasize the need for the breast cancer patient to become as well informed as possible regarding the disease and to be under the care of an oncologist who specializes in the treatment of the disease.  Only then can a patient make informed decisions regarding the appropriate therapies to utilize."
Life Extension Foundation

Alternative cancer treatments are controversial.  There are no easy answers, so do your own research, and consult your doctor(s).  SavvyPatients.com does not endorse any particular treatment mentioned in the articles presented here.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Diagnosis: Cancer, Some Do’s and Don’ts
by CANHELP
Ten Strong Suggestions on How to Cope with Cancer.

Pros and Cons of Researching Your Cancer
by Steve Dunn
"Cancer specialists have over a hundred kinds of cancer to keep up on, and for each of these cancers there are many different situations, each demanding different treatment. No doctor, no matter how dedicated, can possibly keep up on every promising new development for every type of cancer. As a patient, you only have to research one kind of cancer and one situation - yours. Although you don't have the training and expertise of a physician, you do have the advantage of having a lot more time to spend on your one case."

What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer
from National Cancer Institute
Very Detailed

Politics of Breast Cancer - Frequently Asked Questions
from Breast Cancer Action
Recommended

Summary of Dozens of Journal Articles
by Gary Null, Ph.D.
Breast Cancer Screening, Tamoxifen For Breast Cancer Prevention, Treatment Options.

Metastatic Breast Cancer
from Imaginis.com
"Each woman is unique and her situation will also be unique."

Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer
from the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina
Includes ways to regain a sense of control and to cope with a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer or a recurrence.

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Breast Cancer: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet and Environmental Factors to Breast Cancer.

Environmental Toxins May Be Causing the Big Rise in Breast Cancer
by Michael Castleman
"At least three researchers theorize that organochlorine pesticides and other xenoestrogens may significantly increase estrogen-related risk."

Breast Cancer and the Environment
from National Breast Cancer Coalition
"This paper provides background information on some of the key issues surrounding the suspected relationship between the environment and breast cancer."

Alcohol and Breast Cancer in Women
from the American Cancer Society
"Study authors reported that less than one drink a day on average increased a postmenopausal woman’s chances of dying from breast cancer by 30% compared to women who did not consume any alcohol."

Criticism of Milk and Breast Cancer Study
by Robert Cohen
"Often times, the conclusions from published studies contradict their own data."

Cosmetics And Fragranced Products Pose High Risks For Breast Cancer And Other Illnesses
by James W. Coleman, Ph.D.
"... The potential for harm is great if breast cancer surviviors use cosmetics and personal care items that contain known human carcinogens or ingredients with proven estrogenic activity. The latter is especially true for those women who are Estrogen Receptor Positive (ER+.)"

The Top Ten Breast Cancer Myths
from Breast Cancer Action

Rachel's Environment & Health

Weekly Report On The Environmental Causes Of Breast Cancer by Peter Montague

The Truth About Breast Cancer -- Part 1
"For years, breast cancer research (centered at the National Cancer Institute [NCI] in Bethesda, Maryland) has focused not on prevention but on therapy and treatment --earlier detection, better chemotherapy, better radiation, and better surgery. These approaches have allowed many women to survive the disease (most of them without their breasts) but they have done little or nothing to prevent the scourge."

The Truth About Breast Cancer -- Part 2
"Today there are 15,000 different organochlorines but they all tend to have three similar characteristics. First, they tend to persist in the environment (because nature does not break them down readily), so once created they stay around. Second, they are not very soluble in water but they tend to be soluble in fat --so they tend to enter food chains and bioaccumulate as they move upward toward the big predators, like eagles, polar bears, and humans. And third they tend to be toxic and in many instances carcinogenic."

The Truth About Breast Cancer -- Part 3
"In recent years, attention has focused on chemicals that can disrupt the hormone system. Often these chemicals mimic or block estrogen. Therefore, because breast cancer seems to be intimately associated with estrogen, it seems a reasonable question ask: are industrial chemicals that disrupt hormones contributing to breast cancer?"

The Truth About Breast Cancer -- Part 4
"There are good, strong reasons to think that many estrogen-mimicking chemicals, some of them organochlorines, might be associated with breast cancer, and these should be carefully examined. But DDE and mixed PCBs are not in that category. They have been studied because they are convenient to study, not because they are particularly estrogenic. When Stephen Safe tells Gina Kolata we might want to end research on organochlorines and breast cancer based on studies of DDE and mixed PCBs, Dr. Safe is sounding like a camp follower of the Chemical Manufacturers Association, not like a scientist."

The Truth About Breast Cancer -- Part 5
"There are at least three aspects of hormone-disrupting chemicals that make them exceedingly difficult for science to study."  "For these (and other) reasons, science may never solve the puzzle of breast cancer --or it may find answers only after many more decades of research. In the meantime, prevention can begin now. Breast cancer activists could be advocating a ban on every chemical that shows any tendency to interfere with hormones, or to cause cancer, in any form of life."

Chlorine Chemistry News

Breast Cancer, RBGH and Milk
"A study of U.S. women published May 9 in the LANCET links insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) with breast cancer. Earlier this year a study linked IGF-1 to prostate cancer. Prostate and breast cancers are major killers of men and women in the U.S. and in other industrialized countries. IGF-1 levels are now being artificially increased in much of the cows' milk being sold throughout the U.S. These new cancer studies raise serious questions about the wisdom of allowing IGF-1 levels to be raised in milk."

Mammography

First Major Trial of Digital Mammography Launched
from National Cancer Institute

Mammography as a Screening Tool for Breast Cancer
from National Women's Health Network
"The Network is not ready to withdraw its support of mammography screening for healthy women 50 years and older. We will inform women that routine mammography screening may include such downsides as more aggressive treatment. We will encourage women to decide for themselves if the harm caused by screening is worth it to them, given the uncertainty about its benefits. And we will strengthen our call for research into better screening techniques that work for women of all ages, and of course, for more research into the causes of breast cancer."

Should You Get a Mammogram?
by Monte Paulsen
"Until recently, the medical establishment recommended regular baseline or screening mammograms for women in their 40s. But increasingly researchers suspect that unless you are over 50 or have found a suspicious lump in your breast, screening mammograms are unnecessary and could possibly increase your breast cancer risk slightly."

Ten-Year Risk of False Positive Screening Mammograms
from NEJM
"Over 10 years, one third of the women screened had abnormal test results requiring additional evaluation, even though no breast cancer was present. Techniques are needed to decrease false positive results while maintaining high sensitivity. Physicians should educate women about the risk of a false positive result of a screening test for breast cancer."

Consider Breast Examination as a Practical Alternative to Mammography
by Samuel Epstein, M.D.
"The addition of annual mammography to physical examination has no impact on breast cancer mortality". Thus, mammographic detection of non-palpable cancers failed to improve survival rates.

Thermography: An Alternative to Mammography?
by Lauren John
"The concept of thermography, then, may be appealing to those who are opposed to mammography for any number of reasons: fear of the procedure itself, lack of confidence in the results, or a desire to avoid radiation exposure, to name a few. But for now there are not enough data to determine whether thermography is an effective adjunct."

Digital Infrared Imaging (Thermography) Facts
from the Pacific Chiropractic and Research Center
"Breast thermography has the ability to give a warning signal far in advance of invasive tumor growth. Combined with an unprecedented role in prevention, risk assessment, and screening for younger women, breast thermography offers women information that no other testing procedure can provide."

Beyond Mammography: An Examination Of Breast Thermography
by Len Saputo, M.D.
Two-part article. Very detailed.
"At least five important studies published between 1980 and 2003 document that breast thermal imaging is a major advancement in identifying breast cancers not only with greater sensitivity and specificity, but also years earlier than with any other scientifically tested medical technology."

Imaging Diagnostic Systems Inc.
"A medical technology company dedicated to the research and development of a unique and revolutionary breast imaging device."

Device May Detect Earliest Breast Cancers
from MSNBC News
"A new scanner that uses gamma rays to see changes in live cells may find breast cancer even earlier than standard mammograms, U.S. researchers said."

Potential Complications of Diagnostic Needle Biopsy

by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Are Needle Biopsies Safe? - Part I
"A June 2004 report from the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California has rekindled a long-standing debate over whether or not needle biopsies are safe."

"This is a rigorous study, and it comes with an excellent pedigree."

"The study found that women who had had either kind of needle biopsy were fifty percent more likely to have cancer in their sentinel nodes than women who underwent the surgical removal of the whole tumor with excisional biopsy."

Are Needle Biopsies Safe? - Part II
"Many sources that at the very least should discuss the possible downside of needle biopsy act as if there were no controversy whatsoever.  Yet, if you examine the medical literature you do find studies similar to that of the John Wayne Institute authors, throwing doubt on the propriety of puncturing tumors in order to recover tissue for sampling."

Genetic Testing
Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
from MayoClinic.com
"A woman generally will be advised to have genetic counseling if she has two or more first-degree relatives with breast cancer, ovarian cancer or both cancers — especially if the cancer occurred before age 50," says Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., a breast health specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.  First-degree relatives are your parents, sisters, brothers and children.

Double Mastectomy Likelier With Genetic Diagnosis
from MedicineNet.com
"Women recently diagnosed with breast cancer who test positive for BRCA1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations are twice as likely to choose having a double mastectomy to reduce their risk for future breast cancer in the opposite breast."

Prophylactic Mastectomy for the Prevention of Breast Cancer
by L. Lostumbo, et al.
"The primary objective was to determine whether prophylactic mastectomy reduces death from any cause in women who have never had breast cancer and in women who have a history of breast cancer in one breast.  The secondary objective was to examine the effect of prophylactic mastectomy on other endpoints including breast cancer incidence, breast cancer mortality, disease-free survival, physical morbidity, and psychosocial outcomes."

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations
from Life Extension Foundation
"Testing tumors in women with breast cancer for the BRCA1 gene could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy dramatically.  Cancer cells with functional BRCA1 are highly resistant to one type of chemotherapy but extremely sensitive to another."

"Assessing a tumor's BRCA1 status may be invaluable in deciding which type of chemotherapy to use."

Cancer and the Maiden
by Jessica Queller
"Although I'm currently cancer-free, the knowledge of my genetic predisposition requires me to squarely face excruciating life choices - yet with inexact information."

What I Wish I Knew Before My Prophylactic Mastectomy
by Ola Labisi, M.S.W.
"These findings suggest that the information needs of many women undergoing prophylactic mastectomy and reconstructive surgery are not being sufficiently addressed.  Clinicians and health educators should be aware of these needs, develop appropriate materials, and counsel women accordingly."

Comparison of Complementary Medicine Use at Genetic Testing Program
by L. Digianni, et al.
from the Annie Appleseed Project
"Recognition of heightened breast cancer risk is correlated with increased complementary therapy use by unaffected women undergoing genetic testing for cancer predisposition ..."

Other Articles

Dietary Strategies to Prevent Breast Cancer
by Jack Challem
"Because both natural estrogens and xenoestrogens are fat soluble, they gravitate to where women have a lot of estrogen receptors and fat-namely, the breasts."

Breast Cancer Prevention
International Health News
Abstracts of the findings of several journal articles, with references.    Excellent

Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer
from The New England Journal of Medicine - May 1, 1997
Conclusions: "Physical activity during leisure time and at work is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer."

Does Physical Activity Prevent Cancer?
from BMJ.com
Editorial: "Doctors should advocate moderate endurance-type activity, such as walking and cycling. As well as reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and non-insulin dependent diabetes, such physical activity does seem to protect against some cancers."

Breast Cancer: Update on a Growing Epidemic
by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
Good summary.

Trans Fatty Acids as a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer
from Spectrum Magazine
"A recent study of nearly 698 postmenopausal European women suggests that trans fats may be a cause of breast cancer."

Life Extension Foundation's - Preventing Breast Cancer

Recommended

Phytochemicals Fight Breast Cancer

Anti-Cancer Power of Coenzyme Q10

Melatonin To Prevent Breast Cancer!


Does Vitamin E Prevent Breast Cancer?
"Taken together, the results of the studies presented indicate that certain vitamin E fractions found in food confer a significant protective effect, but that commercial alpha tocopherol acetate supplements fail to reduce breast cancer incidence for most women. The data indicate that some other vitamin E component in food may account for the dramatic reductions in breast cancer incidence (as much as 90%) when dietary intake levels of vitamin E are measured."

Breast Cancer and Vitamin E
Abstracts of the findings of several journal articles, with references.

PATIENTS' STORIES

The Top 10 Emotional Responses to Breast Cancer
by Talasteena Miller, M.Ed., The Breast Cancer Coach

Survivor Stories
from Young Survival Coalition

Metastatic Breast Cancer as Life Experience
by Diane W. Scott, R.N., Ph.D.

One Woman's Journey Through Breast Cancer
from Alternative Medicine.com

Actress Suzanne Somers Chooses an Alternative Therapy to Treat Her Breast Cancer
by Peter Chowka

Suzanne Somers: No Ditz When It Comes to Health
by Mary J. Shomon

Patients Treated With Non-Toxic Therapies and Nutrition
from Cancer Control Society
These patients have generously agreed to share their experiences.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

FDA Clears Brachytherapy Breast Irradiation Device
from OncoLink

Radiation Reduces Risk of Recurrence in Node-positive Mastectomy Patients
from OncoLink

Big Blow to Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer - Part I
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Big Blow to Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer - Part II
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

Fulvestrant: New Treatment Option for Advanced Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute

Long-term Breast Cancer Survival Similar After Conservation Therapy or Mastectomy
from OncoLink

Surgery Without Chemotherapy or Radiation
by Jonathan Collin, M.D.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Chemotherapy
from TheBreastCareSite.com

NBCCF Urges the Oncology Community to Re-Assess the Use of Anthracycline-Based Chemotherapy in the Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer
from the National Breast Cancer Coalition
"There is growing and compelling evidence that anthracycline chemotherapy has limited value in the adjuvant treatment of breast cancer and may benefit only the small percentage of patients whose breast cancers co-amplify the Her2 and TopoII genes which is less than ten percent of all breast cancers."

Bill Henderson's Approach
from Annie Appleseed Project

Surgical Options

National Center for Policy Research for Women & Families

Mastectomy v. Lumpectomy: Who Decides and How?
by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Unnecessary Mastectomies: Are Breast Cancer Patients Given Accurate Information About Their Options?
by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Type of Breast Cancer Surgery Has Little Impact on Quality of Life

Improving the Odds for Breast Cancer Patients
by Danielle Hayot, M.A., and Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Reconstruction Surgery

National Center for Policy Research for Women & Families

The Breast Cancer Information Gap
by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Calling for Informed Consent on Silicone Gel Implants or an End to Sales by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Are Breast Implants Safe For Cancer Patients?
by Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D. and Patricia B. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Comprehensive Cancer Care Conferences

Integrated Approaches to Breast Cancer - 2000

Chapters 7 And 8 From Choices in Healing by Michael Lerner

The Debate over Unconventional Cancer Therapies

A Framework for Evaluating Unconventional Cancer Therapies

Tips From CancerGuide by Steve Dunn

Second Opinions: Why, When, and Who

Alternative Therapies: Hope or Hype?


The Prevention and Complementary Treatment of Breast Cancer
by Michael Schachter, M.D.
Recommended

Recent Progress in Treatment and Secondary Prevention of Breast Cancer With Supplements

by Steve Austin, N.D.

Promising Results in Breast Cancer: Coenzyme Q10 Excels In New Danish Study
by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.

Tamoxifen

Tamoxifen's Reduction Of Breast Cancer Risk Confirmed, But Added Risks Require Careful Decision
from American Cancer Society

Tamoxifen to Prevent Breast Cancer in High-Risk Women Supported
from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

The Trouble with Tamoxifen
by Zoltan P. Rona, M.D.

Tamoxifen
from Life Extension Foundation

Beware of the Dark Side of Tamoxifen
by Sherrill Sellman

Tamoxifen May Increase The Risk Of Later Tumors Being More Aggressive
from BMJ.com

Life Extension Foundation's Protocols

Breast Cancer

Detailed.   Recommended.

Poly-MVA

Poly-MVA Survivors' Site

Poly-MVA
by Paul M. Bingham

A Friendly Skeptic Looks at Poly-MVA - Part 1
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

A Friendly Skeptic Looks at Poly-MVA - Part 2
by Ralph Moss, Ph.D.

OTHER RESOURCES

See also Cancer Politics in this web site.

Things to Do For Cancer Patients
by Carol and Lee Law

Cancer Resource Center
from The American Cancer Society

National Library of Medicine MedLine Access

Hints on Using PubMed and MedLine by Helen Stanbro
From Steve Dunn's CancerGuide

Medical Search Services

Medical Search Services - Advantages and Disadvantages
from CancerGuide
"One way to get technical information on your cancer is to pay a professional search service to search medical databases for you. This has both advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage is that you get the expertise of someone who knows how to search. This means that you can be sure you will not fail to get the information you are seeking because of your inexperience in using medical databases - using a medical database effectively is a skill which sometimes rises to the level of an art. Using a search service also means that you don't have to spend your precious time learning how to use a medical database.

One disadvantage is cost. You may pay up to several hundred dollars for a professional search when you could probably do it yourself cheaper."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN CONVENTIONAL THERAPIES

Cancer Advisors
"We offer you a medical resource that makes the search for appropriate clinical trial options less difficult and more reliable, based on unbiased advice from experienced oncologists, professional research, and cutting-edge technologies."

Shine On-Line Services
"Schine On-Line Services, Inc., founded by cancer survivor Gary Schine, author of Cancer Cure, gathers information on any and all types of cancer or other illness directly for clients. Our researchers have extensive on-line experience, training from the National Library of Medicine, and other medical database training. We can search the databases for you and provide a report of the current developments in treatment and clinical trials of your particular illness."

SERVICE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BOTH CONVENTIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

The Health Resource
"The Health Resource is a medical information service whose expert medical researchers are here to help you and your loved ones learn about all the treatment options for your cancer or other medical condition."

SERVICES SPECIALIZING IN ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CANHELP
"CANHELP assists you and your family in making informed, intelligent cancer treatment decisions. We search the world for cutting-edge, conventional and alternative therapies for all types of cancers including the common cancers such as breast, colon, and prostate as well as rare cancers such as carcinoids, Ewing sarcoma etc."

The Moss Reports on Cancer
"Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D. writes detailed reports on optimal treatment for nearly every cancer diagnosis and situation. Many people have found these reports to be an extremely helpful way of rapidly gaining knowledge in a difficult field."

Patient-Matching Services

M. D. Anderson Support Network
Phone: 800 345-6324. They will try to match callers with cancer survivors in their data base.

Association of Cancer Online Resources Mailing Lists
"The ACOR lists are a group of free, unmoderated discussion lists for patients, family, friends, researchers, and physicians, to discuss clinical and non-clinical issues and advances pertaining to all forms of cancer. This includes information about patient experiences, psychosocial issues, new research, clinical trials, and discussions of current treatment practices as well as alternative treatments."

Cancer Hope Network
"At Cancer Hope Network, we provide free, confidential, one-on-one support to people with cancer and their families. We match patients with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone a similar experience. And we provide support and hope, to help patients and families look beyond the diagnosis, cope with treatment, and start living life to its fullest once again."

Friends' Health Connection
A "support network that connects people with similar health problems for the purpose of mutual support. … We provide two support networks: our Patient Network connects individuals with health problems; our Caregiver Network connects family members, friends and caregivers of people with health problems."

Med Help International Patient Support Network
A service where patients with similar conditions can exchange medical information and support via e-mail



Alkalize for Health

AMC Cancer Research Center

American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society

American Institute for Cancer Research

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Annie Appleseed Project
Acts to inform, educate, advocate and raise awareness for cancer patients, family and friends interested in, or using Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Breast Cancer Action
A grassroots group advocating "for true prevention through understanding and eliminating the causes of breast cancer, a true cure with treatments that don't nearly kill people or cause other diseases, and universal access to quality health care."

BreastCancerCoach.com
Through combinations of Holistic Wellness Coaching, sound nutritional support, emotional release work, traditional, alternative and complementary treatment options, lifestyle changes, and other powerful resources, the breast cancer recovery coach helps you make wise choices.

Breast Cancer Options
"Our Mission is to educate breast cancer patients about effective treatment options, to advocate for and support informed patient choice and to promote public awareness regarding cancer risk reduction."

Breast Cancer Links from the National Breast Cancer Centre (Australia)

Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation

Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance
"CBCRA is the primary funder of breast cancer research in Canada."

The Cancer Control Society
"Its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition and Non-Toxic Therapies."

Cancer Research Center of America
"After decades of research, we have determined what are the major causes and sources of breast cancer and fatal breast cancer."

Cancerlinks
An absolutely great web site, with information and extensive links.

CancerLynx
Another great web site. This one is for metastatic breast cancer.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
"Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in combination with complementary therapies that include; nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine, and naturopathic medicine."

Center for Advancement in Cancer Education
"A not-for-profit cancer education, counseling and referral agency providing nutritional, immunological and psychological resources for cancer prevention, prevention of recurrence, and support during and after treatment."

Clinical Cancer Research
"Publishes original articles describing clinical research on the cellular and molecular characterization, prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of human cancer.  Its focus is on innovative clinical research and translational research which bridges the laboratory and the clinic.  Clinical Cancer Research is especially interested in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for cancer; research on molecular abnormalities that predict incidence, response to therapy, and outcome, and laboratory studies of new drugs and biological agents that will lead to clinical trials in patients."

Commission on Cancer Measures for Quality of Cancer Care for Breast and Colorectal Cancers
from the American College of Surgeons

Commonweal
Commonweal is a health and environmental research institute specializing in (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Doctor's Guide to Breast Cancer

Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT)
Free resource for cancer patients at (212) 741-2790
"A true alternative to conventional cancer therapy focuses first and foremost on the whole body in order to repair the biological breakdown responsible for producing abnormal cells.  A sound repair system takes all body functions into consideration including: nutrition plus the organs of metabolism, lymphatic drainage, glandular function, waste elimination, circulation, stress management, structural balance, etc."

Life Extension Foundation
The Life Extension Foundation is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of breakthrough therapies not being effectively treated by conventional medicine. They are located in Hollywood, Florida and can be reached at 800 841-5433. For a list of article abstracts click here.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer
To empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

National Breast Cancer Coalition
Advocacy group.

National Center for Policy Research for Women & Families
News you can use to help you make important medical decisions, and to help you know the questions to ask when you visit your doctors and other health professionals.

OncoLink.com
Comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.

Oncology.com
Online cancer news and information for patients and health-care professionals.

Pregnant with Cancer
The Pregnant With Cancer Support Group is here to connect you with a woman who has gone through a similar experience.

Sharsheret
Sharsheret connects young Jewish women recently diagnosed with breast cancer with volunteers who can share their experiences, both personal and medical. All conversations are confidential.

Silent Spring Institute
A partnership of scientists and citizens concerned about potential environmental links to breast cancer.

Staying Abreast.com
A comprehensive, rehabilitative exercise program specifically designed for recovery from various breast cancer surgeries.

Swallows - A Complementary Approach to Breast Cancer Therapies
Information to support your decisions about treatment and to discover your path to healing.

Women's Health
from National Center for Policy Research for Women & Families

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Information and support to those touched by breast cancer, their families, health care professionals and the public, and advocates for scientific research and for the rights of people with breast cancer.

Young Survival Coalition
A network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer.

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Bob Arnot, M.D., The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet: The Powerful Foods, Supplements, and Drugs That Combat Breast Cancer

Steve Austin, N.D. and Cathy Hitchcock, M.S.W., Breast Cancer: What You Should Know (But May Not Be Told About Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment)

Highly recommended

Liane Clorfene-Casten, Breast Cancer: Poisons, Profits, and Prevention.

Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., et al., The Breast Cancer Prevention Program

 

Richard A. Evans, M.D., Making The Right Choice: Treatment Options In Cancer Surgery.

Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. and Jerry Hickey, R.Ph., Dr. Gaynor's Cancer Prevention Program.

 

Robin Keuneke, Total Breast Health: Power Foods for Protection and Wellness.

John Link, M.D., The Breast Cancer Survival Manual: A Step-By-Step Guide for the Woman With Newly Diagnosed Cancer

 

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Cancer Therapy: The Independent Consumer's Guide to Non-Toxic Treatment and Prevention.

Ralph Moss, Ph.D., Questioning Chemotherapy.

Elaine Ratner, The Feisty Woman's Breast Cancer Book
"Her advice is not about what you should choose but about how to choose, and how to make sure your choices are heard and respected."

Life Extension Foundation, Disease Prevention and Treatment, 4th Edition.

Several chapters on Cancer, including mitigating the toxicity of Chemotherapy & Radiation.

Patrick Quillin, Beating Cancer With Nutrition - Revised.

Susun Weed, Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way

Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. and Ellen Weiss, Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins

Barron H. Lerner, M.D., Breast Cancer Wars : Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America

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